Posts Tagged ‘nurse’

Celebrating Betty Runyen – Kaiser Permanente’s “founding nurse”

posted on May 6, 2015

Lincoln Cushing
Heritage Writer

Nurse Betty Runyen, Contractors General Hospital, circa 1936.

Nurse Betty Runyen, Contractors General Hospital, circa 1936.

Betty Runyen was the only nurse working for Kaiser Permanente’s founding physician Dr. Sidney Garfield at Contractors General Hospital at the construction site of the Colorado River Aqueduct project serving a growing Southern California, 1933-38. She had recently graduated from nursing school in Los Angeles and was eager to begin a job in her profession during the Great Depression.

Nurse Runyen did not join Dr. Garfield on his next health care project when he partnered with Henry J. Kaiser while building the Grand Coulee Dam in 1938. But Betty Runyen’s skill, dedication, and compassion were significant contributors in the early formation of the comprehensive health care program that we now call Kaiser Permanente.

We honor National Nurses Week (this year it’s May 6-12) with this photo of Nurse Runyen enjoying a well-deserved moment of relaxation from caring for those workers in the remote Mojave desert.

 

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Comforting pets for therapy

posted on July 10, 2013
Bull and friend visiting patient at Fontana Hospital

Hospitals are learning that pets can be therapeutic, but that’s not a new idea. Here prize-winning bull “Jack” comforts his owner Bill McMullen and nurse Helen Robinson at new Kaiser Fontana Hospital, circa 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LGBT fairness is a Kaiser Permanente standard

posted on June 27, 2013

By Lincoln Cushing, Heritage Writer

Kaiser Permanente nurse Sue Caulfield accepting fair workplace for LGBT employees award from Basic Rights Oregon, May 2, 2004.
Kaiser Permanente nurse Sue Caulfield accepting fair workplace for LGBT employees award from Basic Rights Oregon, May 2, 2004.
Photo: the Portland Observer

Basic civil rights for members and workers at Kaiser Permanente has been part of the culture for a long time. Here Kaiser Permanente nurse Sue Caulfield accepts the 2004 Fair Workplace Project Award from the Education Fund of Basic Rights Oregon for KP’s work in promoting a progressive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. The award noted that the 7,000 workers in the Northwest region enjoyed policies such as equal benefits for same-sex partners and a program of culturally competent medical care.

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